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CSPAN
Jan 20, 2013 12:00am EST
? [applause] then it is my pleasure to introduce the fabulous katy perry! [applause] >> president obama talked about his recent proposals for producing gun violence the unveiled earlier this week. he asked the american people to find out where their representatives stand on the issue. james lankford deliver the republican and just in which called on the president to submit a budget that addresses the national debt and what he called uncontrolled spending. >> this week i announced a series of concrete steps to take to protect our children and communities from gun violence. these proposals grew out of meetings vice-president of biden and his task force held over the last month with more than 200 different groups, from parents to teachers, to religious leaders and mental health professionals. in the weeks ahead, i will do everything in my power to make them a reality. while we may not be able to prevent every senseless act of violence in this country, if there is even one thing we can do to reduce it, if even one life can be saved, we have an obligation to try. my administration has taken
CSPAN
Jan 21, 2013 7:00am EST
. >> thank you very much for talking to us this morning. >> thank you, mr. president, barack obama. >> greta, can you hear me? >> i can. see how much per hotel room is costing her. -- her hotel room is costing her. >> $300 for each night. i arrived saturday night, a book it at 3:00 p.m. >> when did you book it? >> ko'd book it a month and half a vote. -- i boooked it a month and a half ago. >> up thank you. >> back to your phone calls as we continue to look at live picture's throughout washington and the national mall. tom in tennessee, you're on the air. >> bravo for c-span. i love the good work that you do. i formally identified as a republican, and i have been voting since 1984. i just oaks all my friends, the good people i know that are republicans, would celebrate today and be a little bit more fair to the president. i have never seen such scurrilous attacks on any politician that i can remember. i would challenge mike pauma -- my former republican friends to be fair. i used to put republicans because i would trust them or on foreign policy. i think anybody who is fair and wou
CSPAN
Jan 16, 2013 8:00pm EST
were the gang of 12. but we need a gang of 51. i've talked with president obama about this. he is extremely committed. i would like to see a number of other things. incidentally, senator durbin deserves every kind of honor and praise for what he has done with the dream act. he will be very important in this. >> good morning, senator. "the washington post" suggested yesterday that you present an obstacle to the passage of gun- control legislation. obviously, you do in a sense. but i am wondering if sort of standard -- the standard practice in congress should yield to what many perceive to be an extremely urgent situation. >> i think it is an urgent situation. that is why the first hearings held by anybody, house or senate, will be by me and my committee in that. i wasn't quite sure who they were talking about when they wrote the article, but i will strongly defend the press to write and print what they want, accurate or otherwise. but the fact is -- and i am not suggesting whether this was accurate or not -- but i will point out that i have a track record of getting legislation pas
CSPAN
Jan 14, 2013 12:00pm EST
copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> president obama talking about the debt ceiling and gun violence with the reporters. he said he would be looking at recommendations from vice- president biden on how to deal with gun violence. he has been leading a carillon that. you can see all those live on the c-span video library. one week to go until the inauguration for the president's second term. you can watch live coverage on c-span. the swearing in will be at noon and then the state of the capital at the luncheon. throughout the day, we will take your phone calls on base against water. live coverage starting monday, january 21st, at 7:00 a.m. eastern you can watch online and listen to seize band radio. still ahead, at 1:00, the mayor of los angeles, mayor villaraigosa, at the press club. that is in about 25 minutes starting at 1:00 eastern. on capitol hill today, the house gavels in core business at 2:00 p.m. eastern and vote expected after 6:00 p.m. eastern. on the docket for today, and relief for victims of hurricane sandy. they're considering amendments to that billion you can
CSPAN
Jan 16, 2013 10:00am EST
house. i have talked with president obama about this. i know he's strongly committed to real immigration reform. would like to see the dream act passed. i'd like to see a number of other things and we'll work on it. one of your fellow graduates of georgetown, senator durbin, deserves every kind of honor and praise for what he's done in the dream act. he'll be very important in this. >> good morning, senator. "the washington post" had a piece yesterday suggesting that you represented perhaps an obstacle to the passage of gun control legislation. i'm wondering -- obviously you do in a sense. but i'm wondering if sort of standard practice in congress should yield to what many perceive to be an extremely urgent situation. >> i think it is an urgent situation and that's why the first hearings held by anybody, house or senate, is going to be by me and my committee in that. i wasn't quite sure who they were writing about when i read the article, but i will strongly defend the press right to print anything they want, accurate or otherwise, but the fact is -- i'm not suggesting whether this was a
CSPAN
Jan 14, 2013 12:30am EST
which -- the kill list -- when president obama campaign in 2008, he talked about a bush had got rid of our values, but i do not recall that president bush had to kill list determining when an american needs to die without trial. i'm hopeful that these will get reexamined in a second term. president obama met the plane carrying ambassador stephen spotty at andrews air force base -- he talked about the sacrifices made, and he said, we will not be deterred, and that america will always shine as a light into the world. i think what we have done in the last 10 years, we have been a warning light, not biting light. i'm hoping in the second term, we can turn that around and live up to the values that we purport to represent. [applause] >> heck hello, everybody. -- hello, everybody. i wish we were here to be marking the closure of guantanamo. four years ago, when president obama came to office, he issued an executive order promising to close, within a year. that was absolutely the right thing to do. since then, the prisoners at guantanamo have been felled by the obama administration, by the
CSPAN
Jan 13, 2013 6:30pm EST
talks about the limits of power. guest: one of the conditions that president obama and his team said, a lot of demands and expectations around the world. a lot of challenges. america's role is to not challenge the foes, but to be dependable for the allies. i think one of the real challenges is when you think strategically. when you had the middle east crisis, you had rising problems with north korea. that is what chuck hagel is talking about. you need to figure out how, given the limitations, it can matter in certain places. that is a realistic assessment. part of the role of the united states is to go into the interior to redesign and so there are less a threat to the united states. when you have limited power, it makes someone like chuck tickle very skeptical of the ability of the united states to do that -- chuck hagel very skeptical of the ability of united states to do that. when he traveled with president obama, a think this was part of this discussion. host: what relationship does carry schmidt and senator hagel have? guest: if you look of a first term of the obama admini
CSPAN
Jan 20, 2013 11:50am EST
line. caller: i am talking about the first inauguration of president obama. i decided to go to gettysburg warfield and actually hear the ceremony. i was standing along there. it was very cold. the senator from california introduced president obama and she used one phrase. my question is, the civil rights movement or the war responsible for the change? host: a couple of headlines. obama aware of second term perils. also from "the arizona republic," how will the president govern across america's to buy. -- divide. from the boston "sunday globe," still talking about change anytime of broken politics. a caller on a republican line. -- our republican line. we will go to a caller from greensboro, mississippi. -- greens go, mississippi. -- greensville, mississippi. caller: i want to say congratulations to the president. host: this part of the white house is closed to vehicular traffic but open to tourists. the blue room is in the center of the white house. that is where the president took his official oath of office as dictated under the constitution. a few blocks away along massachus
CSPAN
Jan 21, 2013 12:30am EST
to donors before tomorrow's inauguration ceremony.president obama talked about how tomorrow's another duration should remind americans of their role to promote a common goods and pass on a worthy legacy for future generations. this is about 25 minutes. >> good evening,. thank you so much for joining us tonight. more than that, thank you for the kindness, friendship, and support that you have shown us since we began this long journey together. we would not be here without your help. that means so much to joe.nd jill.-- h joe and i are thrilled. i know you feel the same way, to have barack obama as our president for another four years. [applause] and michelle as first lady. [applause] i may be a little biased, but i cannot think of a better man than my husband to help our president lead our country for the next four years. [applause] as long as he has the privilege of serving this nation, i know that joe will keep fighting for american people every day. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming my husband, our vice president, joe biden. [applause] >> hello. i am joe biden, husba
CSPAN
Jan 18, 2013 10:30pm EST
conservative talk show hosts that criticize obama -- after reading your article, i found out that what -- right here on the rush limbaugh show was a lie. the whole situation, i found out the true fact by readin gyour article in our local paper. the whole true thing -- the whole solydnra thing started with the bush adminstration. the fast a furious thing. host:let's go to bill for a response. guest:thanks for the kind words. i am glad you are reading them we are trying to get our work out in different ways. we have partnershuips with newspapers. they use the truth-o-meter. i am glad you are readin gour work and their work and happy our word is getting out. host: our caller but up solyndra, looking at the president's promises regarding energy. guest: a lot of that was included in the stimulus bill. a big grab bag, $77 billion of goodies that included many things foraenergy and the environment. i know that a lot were included in the economic stimulus bill. host: is president of? making fewer promises that he was initially? -- is president obama making fewer promises than initially? g
CSPAN
Jan 19, 2013 2:00pm EST
president obama's second term will be similar or different from his first, considering that the same economic crisis still exists, even though you mentioned that the second inauguration is traditionally about more specific, what you want to talk about, now that he no longer has to run for reelection? >> second terms have been baffled totally unpredictable things. franklin roosevelt -- second terms have been filled with totally unpredictable things. franklin roosevelt, you would think he was completely in charge. the first thing he did was to ask her to increase the size of the supreme court. for support to increase the size of the supreme court. richard nixon took the oath of office after winning a huge victory in 1972. in 1973, he was on top of the world. a year-and-a-half later, he was resigning because of the water watergate scandal. there are a lot of things that you cannot predict. you hope that president after the first term are much more in control of what is going on, but circumstances are going to be beyond their knowledge at this stage of the game. i am afraid i cannot pred
CSPAN
Jan 20, 2013 6:30pm EST
piece. one sentence i want to get your reaction to. he talks about some of the executive orders put in place. " if the obama presidency is deemed great to, it must be in terms not often apply to presidents -- compromise and consensus." guest: presidents are rated for their ability to overcome great obstacles. traditionally, that means how they manage a crisis. an economic depression, a war. in this town and this time, in many ways the crisis itself generated. we have generated a political system that is rewarded for preventing things from happening, rather than making them happen. apart from individual issues, whether it is a gun safety or the economy or foreign policy, the challenge is to overcome those obstacles that the political culture place in front of them. host: a call from cincinnati, ohio. good morning and welcome to the program. caller: in a country where originally white people were not even citizens of this country and now we have a black president, i think we've come a long way. i feel that president obama has not done enough for either side. i think in the beginning i
CSPAN
Jan 19, 2013 10:00am EST
have remarks from president obama. he is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m. eastern. and then michelle obama will be with her kids at the kids inaugural ball. as washington gears up for the inaugural festivities, ben bernanke talked about the u.s. economy and the fed's role in monetary policy. he called on congress to raise the debt ceiling in the release of u.s. can pay its bills. he spoke at the gerald ford school of public policy. >> thank you very much. it is also my great pleasure to welcome all of you here today. on behalf of the gerald r. ford school of public policy, the university of michigan is extremely honored to welcome the hon. ben bernanke, chairman of the board of governors of the federal reserve system. today's conversation is the latest in our series of distinguished lectures, policy talks at the fort school. we're so pleased that region white can introduce to the events and we're also very president marye sue: here today as well as -- we also have several of the university's executive officers and beans. i would like to welcome all of them and thank them for
CSPAN
Jan 19, 2013 8:00pm EST
members of glee were other performers. >> in his weekly radio address, president obama talked about his recent proposals to reduce gun violence. he asked the american people where they stand on this issue. representative james lankford did the republican address on what he calls uncontrolled spending. >> hi, everyone. this week i announced a series of concrete steps we can take to protect our children and our communities from gun violence. these proposals were made out of meetings that were held over the last month with more than 200 groups, from parents and teachers, law enforcement, religious leaders and mental health professionals. in the weeks ahead, i will do everything in my power to make them every out he. we may not be able to prevent every act of violence in this country, if there is one thing we can do to reduce violence, if one life can be saved, we have an obligation to try. my administration will strengthen background check system and helping schools hire more resource officers if they want them and to study the best ways to reduce gun violence. the truth is, making a r
CSPAN
Jan 14, 2013 8:00pm EST
must be fixed. and we must remember when we talk about rights, children have a right to be safe. so i applaud president obama and vice president biden for proactively taking the necessary steps to address this critical issue. it's going to take all of us united, regardless of party affiliation or our differing views on constitutional rights, to stem this tide of violence. more importantly we must take a hard look at funding for mental health services and other services. we must look at sinking technology -- syncing technology to ensure proper and tighter access to firearms. we must place adequate controls on ammunition. bottom line, we must protect our schools, our communities, children and families must be safe. i respectfully ask my colleagues to make this issue of violence a priority and to support our nation's leadership as they work through resolving this challenge which should not be difficult. if we compromise and keep focusing on saving lives. madam chair, i pledge to support you and to support all my other colleagues with the congressional black caucus to make a difficult tas
CSPAN
Jan 13, 2013 7:00am EST
and iran. no one would say we are live -- we are winning in afghanistan. under obama, 70% of the debt and 80% of the injuries have occurred in afghanistan. does that sound like we are winning? guest: steve used the word "tribe." talking about, "i am not the senator from israel," the problem with this language is that it's just that those with a strong strategic review -- strategic view -- i just think that is wrong. sort of painting the other side as being on thoughtful about their relationship -- i think is wrong. when the iraq war was going poorly and senator hagel said the greatest threat united states faces is between the mountains of afghanistan and pakistan -- previously opposed the surge in afghanistan. these are issues the need to be addressed. where do we think afghanistan is going to go? why did he think at one point that afghanistan was such a strategic interest? senator hagel has made a lot of statements over the years about the middle east and central asia that i think have to be addressed. israel-u.s. relationships have to be put into context. i think the caller started
CSPAN
Jan 16, 2013 5:00pm EST
is the president and c.e.o. of the federal reserve bank of dallas. he'll be talking this evening about downsizing institutions that are called too big to fail. that's coming up at 7:00 eastern, about a half-hour from now, on c-span2. president obama officially launched his effort today to reduce gun violence, calling for action in congress and signing 23 executive orders. we'll show you his comments from earlier coming up on c-span at 8:00 p.m. ian. -- 8:00 p.m. eastern. >> he'd been talking about this dream he had, he'd talked about it for years. the american dream. it had become his dream and he had been in detroit a few months before and talked about, you know, i have a dream. america, someday your live, the principles in the declaration of independence. i think he was inspired by that moment. >> sunday on "after words," claiborne carson recalls his journey as a civil rights activist. that's monday. in honor of the inauguration. >> tim gallagher is a a republican member of the securities and exchange commission. he spoke at the u.s. chamber of commerce in washington and said t
CSPAN
Jan 15, 2013 7:00am EST
next fight which president obama said he is open to talking about, more spending cuts and more tax revenue has to be on the table during those talks. let's say it doesn't happen on debt ceiling. where would you agree to spending cuts on the medicare and social security? guest: they are way down on the list. of buy li my i will not agree to balancing the budget on the backs of people who can least afford it. people have paid into these programs and they do not deserve to have the government turned their back on them and start cutting these programs in the name of balancing these programs. these are programs -- nobody is getting rich on social security. have a staggering number of people who exist on their social security benefits, which they earned over their lifetime of working. cutting spending and focusing on social security is a huge mistake. host: you are serving on a task force to look at different legislation on gun control. this task force will present the recommendations in february. guest: i was honored that i was selected to that task force. i will be on that task force b
CSPAN
Jan 21, 2013 12:00pm EST
we've been talking about since the beginning of a more aggressive, combat of obama, but also on obama that reaches out to the public to try to bring public pressure to bear on republicans, and who did that. president reagan did that. it is more of a model that reagan used. you will see him apply that to all of the issues in the pipeline. host: let me go back to something the president said in his address today. he talked about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. in terms of the tactics of moving ahead on the guns agenda, we also heard the president last week talking about the inalienable rights of the average american, and that includes protecting our children. you can see a different twist on the constitutional argument, not the second amendment, but other words from the founding document. guest: guest: that was an approach i had not heard him take until last week. keeping children the spotlight on the issue and making an appeal to parents, that this was a matter of their children's city, and at the same time making the constitutional argument that, yes, you have at second a
CSPAN
Jan 20, 2013 10:30am EST
. i imagine he will be there tomorrow as well. >> has the promise that dr. king talked about 50 years ago been fulfilled, would to re-election of president obama? >> i think you cannot deny that we have made tremendous progress and the election of -- re- election of president obama is another milestone moment in civil rights history, but we still have a long way to go as far as racial reconciliation in america, building what dr. king called the beloved community. tomorrow, yes, it is a milestone moment, not only for the president, but for america's quest for racial reconciliation. >> we have two experts. john mcconnell worked with george bush on his inaugural address. terry edmonds spent eight years working with bill clinton. we talked about the reference to dr. king. your former boss making reference to abraham lincoln in his second inaugural address. >> we will get that ready in just a moment. let's go to the phones. curtis from akron, ohio. >> thank you for taking my call. it is a pleasure to be on the air. i had the privilege, when i was 20 years old, i was on the executive board
CSPAN
Jan 20, 2013 2:20pm EST
question today, is a reasonable believe that president obama's second term will be similar or different from his first, considering that the same economic crisis still exists, even though you mentioned that the second inauguration is traditionally about more specific, what you want to talk about, now that he no longer has to run for reelection? >> second terms have been filled with totally unpredictable things. franklin roosevelt, you would think he was completely in charge. the first thing he did was asked for support to increase the size of the supreme court. richard nixon took the oath of office after winning a huge victory in 1972. in 1973, he was on top of the world. a year-and-a-half later, he was resigning because of the watergate scandal. there are a lot of things that you cannot predict. you hope that president after the first term are much more in control of what is going on, but circumstances are going to be beyond their knowledge at this stage of the game. i am afraid i cannot predict. second terms have often not been as productive as first terms. ever since the 20
CSPAN
Jan 20, 2013 4:00pm EST
he will be there tomorrow. host: the promise that dr. king talked about has been fulfilled with the re-election of president obama? guest: i think you can't deny that we made tremendous progress. and the re-election of president obama is another milestone moment in civil rights history. but we still have a long way to go as far as racial reconciliation in america and building what dr. king called "a loving community account. tomorrow, yes, is a milestone moment not only for the president but for america's quest for racial are skillization. host: let's go to a phone call. good morning. caller: thank you for taking my call. it's a pleasure to be calling and being on the air. i actually had the privilege when i was 20 years old i was on the executive board of penn state and me and some of the other members of the executive board as well as some of the borders of the k.s.u. did attend the inauguration of president clinton back in 1997. host: what do you remember from that moment? caller: i remember the crowds -- i mean i have never seen a crowd like that in washington, d.c. that was the
CSPAN
Jan 17, 2013 7:00am EST
-- that dr. you were talking to, he knows. they do not care. the democrats and obama do not care there have been 53 million a babies killed in america. host: all right. we are talking about guns this morning. 61,500 collectors, 51,000 retail shops, 7300 pawnshops and other -- 9600. firearms manufactured in the u.s., 5.4 million. 2.2 million of those were pistols. 1.8 million were rifles. 743,000 or shotguns. 68,000 miscellaneous. back to the president's 23 executive actions signed yesterday. here is no. 15. direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability of the most effective use of new density technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies. clarify that the affordable care act does not prohibit doctors asking their patience about patiencein their homes. release a letter to health-care providers clarifying no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence in law enforcement authorities. provide incentives for schools to hire skilled resource officers. developed model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worsh
CSPAN
Jan 12, 2013 7:00pm EST
with. host: the last caller talked about his concern of the remrgjens of the taliban once the u.s. forces were drawn down in afghanistan. is this something that president karzai is concerned about and did he discuss that with president obama and defense secretary panetta? >> it is a concern for him and karzai now after yesterday is supporting -- this is what is driving the conversation with how many u.s. troops and nato troops should remain post 2014. a lot of talks are saying if we leave no u.s. troops as the white house said was one option this week that is going to let the taliban walk in and take control and erase all of the progress made over the last decade. that's where the debate is going to be is how many troops stay host: you talked about the meetings he had up capitol hill s. there anything congress is looking at to try and move this progress forward? >> i know senator mcconnell met with president karzai and after that he took a delegation to afghanistan. i think congress is going to be weighing in on the debate. in addition to the post 2014 level t more immediate conce
CSPAN
Jan 19, 2013 4:25pm EST
president will sit in the front on the left of the center section, number 62. when president obama was inaugurated in 2009 he sat in the front, number 62, not regular because of the nature of the occasion. if you're talking about a regular church service the president will come through the entrance, walk down the aisle, sit here and be part of the as will notice, has embossed upon it, st. john's church. this book of common prayer was used by presidents of forward until it was taken out of service and a new edition was published in 1880's. in 1961, when a service was planned at st. john's to recognize the first attendance, this was found in the archives. it was discussed with chief leaders. they said it would be a good idea to have every president still living to sign it, and for every president that would follow them to sign it as well. what we have inside this historic book are the signatures of herbert hoover, franklin roosevelt, which was signed by his wife, eleanor roosevelt, harry truman, and dwight eisenhower, lyndon johnson, john kennedy, richard nixon, gerald ford, jimmy ca
CSPAN
Jan 14, 2013 10:00am EST
president obama is holding the last news conference of his term. they're looking to raise the debt ceiling of which stands at $16.40 trillion. he may also talk about the war in afghanistan. you can watch your remarks frigid his remarks live here on c-span. in the meantime, some of the headlines in this morning's "washington journal." >> been morning to you. i want to start with a story. video tames -- games kick short trips. we will reach you that. president obama promised and all of the above examination of gun violence. we want to get your take on what you think those solution should be. we are are they getting comments on the facebook page. i want to read a few of those for you now. host: we will take your calls this morning in the first 45 minutes, but first want to play you a segment from the state of the union. this is congresswoman marsha blackburn, talking about the role of violent video games. [video clip] >> i watched a couple of these of violent video games to you ready for this segment and i was astounded with some of the things i was seeing on call to duty. we know the norway
CSPAN
Jan 13, 2013 4:30pm EST
everyone here being here to participate in this very important event and on behalf of president obama, i want to say thank you to all those dedicated treasury and other professionals who have truly made this country a much safer place. thank you. [applause] >> john brennan also talks about the use of drone strikes and counter-terrorism strategies since the debt of osama bin laden. from april of last year, this is just over one hour. >> i very much appreciate the opportunity to discuss president obama's counterterrorism strategy. then senator obama discussed how he would bring the war in iraq to an end and focus on the war that has to be one, the war against al qaeda, particularly in the troubled region of afghanistan and pakistan. he said we would carry on this fight while upholding the law and our values and we would work with our allies and partners wherever possible. he also made it clear we would not hesitate to use military force against terrorists who don't pose a direct threat to america. he said he had intelligence about terrorists, even as in pakistan, he would act to protect
CSPAN
Jan 18, 2013 1:00am EST
to push on this issue. a lot of activity already. >> president obama of course promised in his first term to take a leadership role on immigration reform. it has been disappointing to many he did not get that moving. he has pledged again to do so. he talked about he wanted to see a bill early on. now he has introduced ideas for gun control. he has another debate over fiscal policy. what does leadership mean in your mind? what to do you want to hear in the state of the union? or is there a better idea something would come from the senate and the president would take a support role? >> it is a good question. part of the problem -- the answer is not another great speech about immigration reform. we need action. this is what happens when immigration reform is important but it is not the number one issue. you can keep on telling it the could you have to take care of the fiscal cliff, which looks like it will go all the way to the end of that term. i do not think it's going to be over soon. guns, i think that has surpassed immigration reform on priorities. i'm not making a judgment.
CSPAN
Jan 18, 2013 7:00am EST
raided -- so we have rated that a promise broken. where obama talked a big game about transparency, fulfilled a lot of transparency, don't get me wrong, but on something like that, the way washington works, those negotiations are not on c- span, they are in a room at the white house where deals are cut. it is sausage being made. that promise was not fulfilled, so that one earned a broken. host: what about his broader pledges on health care? guest: health care was an area where he had a fair amount of success. he kept 47% of the health-care promises. many of those were tucked inside the health care law, which of course passed in the first two years of his presidency when democrats controlled the house. so health care was an area where he had some of his biggest success. from caffeyhear from michigan on our democrats line. caller: good morning. i think the president has kept most of his promises. everyone he could possibly keep. i mean, the republicans have gone after him like nothing. but during the presidential election, you heard him say many times -- the republicans say -- "facts
CSPAN
Jan 16, 2013 7:00am EST
approval. president obama will take some sort of executive action and we will talk about that later this morning. 11:45 a.m. eastern time as when we expect the president. look for our coverage. on coverage on the executive orders, do you support that idea by the president to do action on his own? we want to hear from you this morning. here is the arizona republic, courtesy of the newseum in washington. do you support executive action on gun-control -- on some gun- control measures? i want to know what you think about president obama using the executive order. this is from the washington post blog. the vast majority of actions he can take are relatively minor in nature, it says. it's unlikely obama can significantly alter gun lost through executive order. what is your take on this? stephan pittman simcom indiana, republican caller. stephen, from indiana. caller: good morning. the problem is congress can steer funding from the atf or fbi on whatever executive action is taken. i understand bush had an executive order dealing with guns as well, so it is not unprecedented. but 19 is kind
CSPAN
Jan 13, 2013 10:30am EST
president this week and president obama held a conference with him talked about the progress in the war in afghanistan ahead of the u.s. withdrawal planned for 2014. their press conference lasted about 40 minutes. so mr. president welcome. we meet at a critical moment. the 33,000 additional forces that i ordered to afghanistan have served with honor, they've completed their mission and as promised returned home this past fall. the transition is well under way and soon nearly 90% of afghans will live in areas where afghanistan forces are be in the lead for their own security. this year will mark another milestone. afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country and by the end of next year, 2014, the transition will be complete. afghans will have full responsibility for their security and this war will come to a responsible end. this progress is only possible because of the incredible sacrifices of our troops and our diplomats, the forces of our many coalition partners, and the afghan people who have endured extraordinary hardship. in this war more than 2,000 of am
CSPAN
Jan 20, 2013 1:20pm EST
, the president will sit in the front of the center section. when president obama was inaugurated in 2009, he sat in the very front of the church in pew 62. if you are talking about a regular church service, the president would come in to the eighth street entrance, a walk down the aisle, said in a dispute, and be part of the worship service with the rest of the church. one of the great things about st. john's is this book of common prayer published in 1866. it has embossed upon it, president pugh. this book of common prayer was used from president buchanan forward until it was taken out of service when a new edition was published in the 18 eighties. but 1961, laid service was planned at st. john's to recognize the tenants of abraham lincoln, the organist at st. john's found this in the archives and discussed it with church leaders at the time. they thought would be a good idea to have every president still living to sign it and every president that would follow them to sign it as well. so what we have inside this historic book are the signatures of herbert hoover, franklin roosevelt
CSPAN
Jan 18, 2013 9:00am EST
the top promises that politifact looks that -- let's take a listen to president obama in his own words back in february of 2009 talking about iraq. [video clip] >> a candidate for president, i made clear a time line 16 months to carry out the drug them while pledging to consult closely with our military commanders upon taking office to ensure that we preserve the gains we have made and to protect our troops. these consultations are now complete. i have chosen a time line that will remove our combat brigades over the next 18 months. let me say this as plainly as i can -- by august 31, 2010, our combat mission in iraq will end. host: that as president obama back in february, 2009. guest: that is a promise kept this was the centerpiece of his campaign. you can go back to 2003 with his opposition to the war. a promise that week raided was barack obama will work with military commanders on the ground in iraq to end the war safely and responsibly within 16 months and we raided that a promise kept in 2010 as the last combat troops were removed from iraq. this gets back to what we were talking
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Jan 13, 2013 9:35pm EST
obama and chuck hagel traveling through the middle east. as you hear the words of chuck hagel, she talks about the limits of power that echoed with the present -- what the president said when he was running for the white house in 2008. guest: one of the conditions that president obama and his team came in and said it, there are a lot of demands are roman world and a lot of challenges. america's role is not just to challenge the foes but to be dependable for allies. when americans power is doubte4d, the allies doubt the ability to stand by them. what is the roster of portis that the united states had to focus on, a particular at the time of the global economic crisis when you have the middle east crisis, you had rising problems with north korea. that is what chuck hagel is saying. we do not have a magic wand to be all things to all people. you need to figure out how, given the limitations to have, you can matter and roll from those into the next issues. that is a realistic assessment, of a power that would even on the neo conservative side would also think that the part of the role
CSPAN
Jan 13, 2013 2:45pm EST
on the floor as it impacts and draws contrast with the approach that the obama administration has taken with respect to the deficit. you indicated talking about specific cuts. as you know from listening to many of my colleagues, these will have a real impact and a painful impact in the lives of many people, but you have decided that in order to get those deficits under control, we will have to make a tough decisions, and we agree. at the same time, today on the floor there were proposals to cut immediately and deeply and i just want to be to you a statement from the president's bipartisan deficit commission, we're hearing lots of positive things from our colleagues about their recommendations and approaches. here's what they said -- in order to avoid shocking the fragile economy, the commission is waiting until 2012 to begin an acting problematic spending cuts. another bipartisan commission rendered the same advice. economists have indicated that deep and immediate cuts in contrast to responsible and planned cuts over time, those deep and immediate cuts could harm the fragile econ
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Jan 17, 2013 5:00pm EST
activity already. >> president obama of course promised in his first term to take a leadership role on immigration reform. it has been disappointing to many he did not get that moving. he has pledged again to do so. he talked about he wanted to see a bill early on. now he has introduced ideas for gun control. he has another debate over fiscal policy. what does leadership mean in your mind? what to do you want to hear in the state of the union? or is there a better idea something would come from the senate and the president would take a support role? >> it is a good question. part of the problem -- the answer is not another great speech about immigration reform. we need action. this is what happens when immigration reform is important but it is not the number one issue. you can keep on telling it the could you have to take care of the fiscal cliff, which will -- looks like it will go all the way to the end of that term. i do not think it's going to be over soon. guns, i think that has surpassed immigration reform on priorities. i'm not making a judgment. i'm trying to state some fact
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Jan 20, 2013 7:00am EST
: one thing i have noticed since president obama has been president is the continual -- a concerted effort to compare himself to president lincoln, a first in his talking about the book that he was reading -- i cannot remember the title of it -- >> king of rivals? caller: now he is taking the inauguration on the lincoln bauble. there is an idea that some callers have made that this president has faced worst consequences or worse situations than previous presidents i think is somewhat absurd. the fact that he is half-black, there is nothing to it. he is the president of united states and is supposed to be president of everybody. unfortunately, i have lost confidence in the politicians in washington, d.c. and i think the people of the united states should continually boat these people out of office on a regular basis until they start doing what they're supposed to do which is represent the people of the united states. we have a democratically elected republic and people need to pull out their history books and find out what that is and realize that when we send them to office, would g
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Jan 17, 2013 8:00pm EST
will talk with two bears, scott smith and stephen benjamin. also bill adair and how president obama is delivering on campaign promises. and jack buckley and tom loveless of the brookings institution. like every day at 7:00 eastern on c-span. -- live every day at 7:00 eastern on c-span. >> it was an important period of history. i felt their perspective should be brought to bear. there has been some other points of the crisis that was not entirely accurate. i thought it was an important for the historical record to present our perspective. i think currently for people to understand there were different policy options, disagreements. if we want to prevent another crisis from happening again, i felt the public needed to engage more on financial reform and educate themselves better and make it an issue with their elected officials. i tried hard to make the book accessible. >> the former head of the fdic, sheila bair on the worst financial crisis since the great depression. &a."y night on c-span's "q the american bankers association predicts weak growth and the prospect of a prolonged fig
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Jan 19, 2013 3:05pm EST
, and other communities sustain the obama campaign? are we looking at a true shift in the rhetorical landscape? >> i will let the pundits -- i will punt that one. i do not want to talk about the campaigns as much. i will say this quickly. i think what we saw was a seminal shift in the electorate. and if the republicans don't go to the center, they continue to be dominated by the far right, you're going see them lose more and more. -- you didn't mention young people at the end of the question, young people, blacks, asians, latinos, women. at some point it does not look good for them. i prefer focusing on this immigration issue, if i could
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Jan 19, 2013 7:00am EST
2006 and i had $129,000 in my 401k and i kept reading on the internet that before obama was nominated, get your money out of the stock market. i did not think much about it and the week he was nominated, i had $92,000 left. i have talked to many other people and they lost like 75% of theirs. this has never been on the news or anything. i think this contributed to the stock market drop. guest: i appreciate your circumstance. when we look at the market decline that happened in 2008 and continued in 2009, it did not quite go down for everyone as broadly as it did in the circumstances you put forward. the market has come back a little bit and rebounded. often what happens is that when people see the market go down, we tend to pull out of the market at the wrong time and go in at the wrong time. we tend to over-invest when the market is going up and put more money in equities and less money in those fixed incomes that give you a lifetime -- host: nirs.org is the website -- thank you for your time. thank you for your time.
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Jan 15, 2013 10:00am EST
with coastal virginia energy and that is the obama administration with secretary salazar. we need to diversify our local economy in virginia. i hope we can work with both of our senators to get this done. host: we are talking with representative scott rigell. this is a headline in "the washington post." she talks about a new freshman class of republicans and your class as well that had been a headache for the speaker. there will be a test on tuesday. where do you come down on this? guest: i think we have been good for the speaker. i am not dodging the questione. everybody needs to shoot straight. i do not know how i will vote on the particular bill. it has only come out in the last day or so. we have not anticipated and planned for these type of natural disasters. you would think we would have budgeted enough. either we're not done a good estimates or we are spending far more than we should. i will be evaluating that. i know there will be some amendments. there are some things that i don't think most americans would not funded. therein lies the challenge. every bill we vote on on typ
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Jan 13, 2013 2:00am EST
opposition over its request for funds there. president obama may soon decide on a faster downsizing of troops. the $88 billion requested for overseas contingency operations and into 2013 is a relatively noncontroversial part of this whole thing. let me talk about a couple of numbers. that $80 billion is about half of where we were, need to be added about $550 billion in the base budget plus the nuclear weapons activities of the department of energy is about $550 billion in 2013. we do have a defense authorization bill, it does have limited significance this year sent the appropriations which provide the money are being done on this ongoing continuing resolution bases and since sequestration is still a possibility in two months. to give a feel for that $550 billion, how does that compare to a couple of reference point? you can look of that number as being really big or modest, depending on your vantage point. historically in the cold war, we averaged about boarded 75 -- $457 billion dollars a year. that is adjusted for inflation. on the other hand, we are now down by about $100 billion
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